Hackers have stolen information relating to around 45 million accounts from VerticalScope, a Canadian media company. They have breached over one thousand support forums and online community websites on home, tech and sports – leaving millions of users’ records exposed.
The massive breach, which took place in February, has only recently come to light, due to analysis by data breach cataloging site LeakedSource. Most of the forums affected by the hack were found to have poor security, including weak password encryption. For now the stolen data does not appear to be up for sale on the dark web, and the identity of the perpetrators remains unknown.